Workspace Design Trends That Will Rule This Year
Feb18

Workspace Design Trends That Will Rule This Year

With a new year come new trends, and as we enter a new decade, we’re seeing some exciting innovations in the interior design industry.  According to trend forecasters, 2020 will be the year when companies will make a shift towards creating more mindful, sustainable, flexible, and wellness-oriented working environments as a way of enhancing their employees’ productivity while also being eco-friendly and more considerate about their impact on the environment. In this article, we’ll be explaining these major trends in detail, so if you’re interested in learning more about what’s currently hot in the office interior design world, scroll on! Flexibility for a more dynamic workspace Creating a flexible and dynamic environment to ensure space maximization is one of the major trends we can expect to blow up in 2020. A modern, dynamic workspace has to be able to meet workers’ needs, and the best way to achieve that is to give the workers the opportunity to transform the workspace whenever there’s a need for that. Increasing workspace flexibility can easily be achieved by incorporating furnishings and elements that are versatile and lightweight enough that they can easily be moved around the office (think furniture with wheels). Other than ensuring these furnishings and elements are ergonomic, they also need to be able to convert into a different office element that workers can use. Desks, tables, and walls can all be multi-functional elements that can help workers transform the office space and accommodate their needs, whether they’re looking to transform a private office into a meeting room or make some space for a production studio. Mindful workspace design Today more than ever, companies are taking into consideration the effects their workspace has on the environment, which is why they’re taking a more sustainable approach when it comes to office design. Promoting sustainability is high up on the list of priorities for many employers, and this largely affects the type of materials and furnishings they incorporate into their work environment. In 2020, we expect to see a shift towards more sustainable, eco-friendly versions of office elements. Employers can make their workspaces green by choosing sustainable office furniture made from materials such as cork, bamboo, recycled metal and plastic, as well as reclaimed lumber. Aside from this, we’re also expecting to see more companies investing in high-quality furnishings. Because they’re long-lasting, these furnishings could eliminate the need to replace furnishings every couple of years. In other words, fewer furnishings are going to end up in the landfill, thus ensuring a sustainable, mindful workspace design. Optimized office lighting design There are a plethora of articles that highlight the benefits of proper lighting on...

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Styling Your Room for Better Sleep
May24

Styling Your Room for Better Sleep

To achieve the right tone, sense and scent of your home can be a challenge. According to the CDC, as many as 35% of adults are not “getting enough sleep on a regular basis.” The recommendation for the average adult is seven to ten hours of sleep each night. In fact, sleep deprivation is such a big deal that economic researchers estimate that a lack of productivity caused by poor cognitive speed, focus and memory, and physical health is costing American companies $411 billion per year in lost productivity. Sleep deprivation doesn’t just affect the job force though. A lack of sleep contributes to a person’s overall health resulting in chronic sleep disorders, long-term effects of memory loss, poor coordination, mood, and mental health disorders. You can see why it’s about time you turn your bedroom—a place you should spend nearly 30% of your life—into a soothing sanctuary for sleep. Here are ten ways to turn the “place you crash” into a place where you rejuvenate your body back to health through sleep. Consider Color Color is known to affect our mood as well as our energy levels. In areas of the home, such as your bedroom, where you are looking for a calming aesthetic it is recommended that you choose a peaceful palette of neutral colors such as whites, grays, or soft blues and greens. If you like a splash of color, you can add unobtrusive items waist-high or lower such as plants or rugs. Noise Control For many people, the sounds of the night are filled with car noises, sirens, and people talking outside. Even the sound of crickets and frogs can keep you up. The suggestion is to counter noise with noise by adding a white-noise machine, soothing music, or a fan that can lull you to sleep with rhythmic sounds. Eliminate Light Light can be your enemy when you are trying to get sleep. After all, darkness is an indicator to your mind that it is time to sleep and therefore begin the release of chemicals to start the sleep process. So, investing in blackout curtains and a sleep mask will help to keep internal and external light distraction away. Reduce Clutter While we want our bedrooms to look attractive, that often comes at a cost of added clutter. For example, consider the number of throw pillows, additional blankets, and trinkets you have laying around even a clean room. Simplifying your space by reducing the clutter will help you feel more relaxed in your room as well as create the impression of a larger space. Keep it Cool Did you know that as you ease into sleep your body’s temperature cools down...

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Your Home Office, Your Sanctuary
Jul28

Your Home Office, Your Sanctuary

Today, many of us work from home to achieve a better work/life balance. What’s important is that if you do work from home, you have a designated space for the purpose. None of this working at the kitchen table business. Then, when it’s time for you to clock off for the day, you can shut that door and you’re ‘home.’ The humble home office space has become a serious focus for many interior designers who are realising the importance of the integration of this room in the house. A home office can be much more than a place for work. It can be an area where you can sit and relax, read and browse the Internet for fun things or even work on personal, creative projects. So how do you transform your office space into your own personal sanctuary? Start off by looking at the current décor in the room and the rest of your home. Think about your personal style and pull together some inspirational artworks, graphics, images or quotes that will help keep you motivated when working remotely. Have your desk facing the window if possible. There’s nothing like good old fashioned day light to get the brain functioning at full capacity. Then get some high quality, ergonomic pieces of furniture in place to ensure you’re comfortable when you work. Of course, like in any other room in the house, the lighting choices you make in your home office are really important. You want lighting that’s bright enough to illuminate your work to avoid eye strain at night, plus some ambient lighting when using the space for relaxing. Every desk needs a high quality lamp. Something that’s adjustable is ideal, so you can focus the light where you need it most. Some designer lamps not only provide adequate lighting for your office space, but they also add to the décor. Polished nickel and brushed chrome desk lamps are popular right now. For the modern, practical person a clip on lamp with an adjustable neck might just do the trick. You can’t go wrong with black, and because this lamp features a clip, you can position it easily on the smallest of desks without taking up valuable space. Great for those with study nooks and sunroom work spaces. Take your office décor seriously and your home office will not only become an asset to your home, but it’ll soon become your favourite room. And if you need someone to take care of the office cleaning for you, you can always reference this list for the most popular office cleaning companies in Melbourne. They also have great suggestions for...

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Combine Two Opposing Styles To Harmonise Your Home
Apr23

Combine Two Opposing Styles To Harmonise Your Home

Whether you’re moving in with your significant other or you’ve just had a new flat mate move in, combining interior design styles isn’t always as easy as it appears at first glance. Here we’ll run through some helpful tips for combining interior styles to create a harmonious home that represents the both of you. Create an eclectic space When you have two juxtaposing interior styles working together in one room, you have what’s called an eclectic interior style. ‘Eclectic’ is all about creating the perfect mish mash of different styles, in a way that works. The key is to not divide the space with pockets of one style or the other, but rather to completely combine the two looks in each and every corner of the home. Look at different ways to layer the two looks Certain interior design styles lend themselves towards being the base for the home. Scandinavian interiors for example are very minimalistic and use often neutral colour palettes. If you combine this look using Scandinavian furniture items and wall colours with perhaps retro accents for example using lamps, artworks and textiles, you can seamlessly layer the two interior design styles to create a stand out and unique look in your home. Mix in a third style Create a brand new interior you both love by incorporating yet another style. If you both have always loved an interior style that compliments both of what you already have, use this as a transitional style to tie both of your styles together in the one space. Or choose a neutral style, something you both don’t might, which will be subtle enough to compliment and blend your two opposing designs. Use theme decor elements to pull rooms together Certain aspects of your home décor will help complete each room in your home. For example, you may want to invest in new lighting accents that work well with your new interior style, or pull your eclectic dining room together by investing in a large overhead pendant lamp. Rugs are also a wonderful way to pull different styles together in the one space. By adding these elements you’ll help to create a cohesive look in every room of your home. Communicate and discuss your ideas If you are moving in with someone and you both have the entire house set up, it’s time to decide on which items will work best with one another’s possessions, and look at how you are going to store, sell or get rid of the rest. Pair back Don’t let either style overwhelm the other by pairing back what you both currently have. You don’t want the space to look...

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Entrance and Hallway Lighting Advice
Mar25

Entrance and Hallway Lighting Advice

Your home’s entrance and subsequent hallway is the first impression visitors receive on entering your home. While we all pass through this part of our homes several times a day, most of us pay little attention to it. It’s really important to note, however, that by making some simple changes to your entranceway and hallway lighting, you can dramatically improve the look and feel of these transitional spaces in your home. Lighting is one of the most important elements in any room of the home and when it comes to your home’s entranceway, it’s the first experience your guests will have with your home’s interior. A statement pendant light or chandelier makes a wonderful first impression for visitors and is something beautiful to admire every time you walk in the door from work. You don’t need a grand entrance space to pull this off, just select a statement light fixture that is the right size for your home. For long hallways, people often rely on light filtering from other rooms to provide illumination. Having dedicated hallway lighting is a wonderful way to create a pleasant atmosphere. Track lighting is a great choice if you are going to hang photographs or artworks in your hallway. You can move the track lights into different positions and angle the light so that it highlights your family photographs or artworks beautifully. Bright idea: For loft style apartments and winding staircases having a series of large pendant lights hanging from the high ceilings above works well in contemporary interiors. If you have your own private entrance to your apartment or terrace, external entrance lighting is also an important consideration. You don’t want to be fumbling for the keyhole when you come home after dark. By installing a small sensor light above your door or on your patio if you have one, the light will automatically come on once someone approaches, which is also great for security purposes. If you’re utilising the one bedroom plan design then to scatter supporting lights throughout the dark corners is an absolute must. Sometimes it’s taking the time to work on the finishing touches that have the most impact on your interiors. By ensuring your entranceway and hallway is well lit, you’ll most certainly notice that your home will feel all the more...

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